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Şiir Özbilge mostly concentrating on art studies with children since 1996, continues to work with children between the ages of 4 and 14. She has been living in Istanbul since 2002. Nowadays she is sharing the experiences she has gained in America, Spain and Austria with children living in Turkey. She conceptualizes social responsibility projects organized by various institutions and companies and provides consultancy for child-art related workshops and kindergartens.

“Everybody who is interested in visual arts occasionally is fascinated by children’s paintings. Watching children paint a picture makes me forget everything I know and so I start seeing and thinking through hints given to me by them. If I still manage to feel love and respect for mankind, if I still have a hopeful perspective, it is thanks to the joy of life and sincerity of the children. Children sometimes fictionalizing the world they perceive on a piece of paper based on a whole new balance, sometimes transforming the energy set free by their inner conflicts into colors and lines, sometimes producing compositions that reflect their frustration inflicted by the difficulties they confront in utilizing the verbal language… or the joy of playing games with colors all of a sudden brightening their face…”

“I have been carrying out art workshops together with children now, for more than 20 years. We have organized workshops at the Art Platform Hayaka Artı for four years, where children of the neighborhood came together and worked with several artists. These studies turned into exhibitions, toys, objects they could make use of. So that they could realize the permanent pleasure of producing rather than only consuming, so that they would be aware that dreams can come true, that thinking and designing is possible even with very little things…"

“My art studies with children are still in progress at the Hayaka Artı Art Platform and in my studio. I produce toys, pillows, special books for children, whenever I find the time. You can send paintings of your children to me via e-mail at any time.”

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2009 - 2013 Hayaka Artı – Children and Artist Encounters
2010 - 2012 Children and Youth Biennials
2011 Art Beat Children Workshop
2009 - 2011 Babylon Kids Club (Alaçatı-Çeşme)
2009 – 2010 Santral İstanbul – Children Workshops
2008 - 2013 Bayer Children Art Workshops
2007 – 2009 Eti Children’s Ferry 2007 Cezayir Street Film Festival
2005 – 2007 La Fontaine Kindergarten